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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator MATTNER (South Australia) . - Perhaps we might be clearer in our minds if the Minister gave us some idea of the terms of reference in this matter. It is a very personal and domestic matter so far as the Senate is concerned. We do not know what terms of reference this man has had given to him. A question of privilege conies into it.

Senator Henty - It is the university, not the man.

Senator MATTNER - Well , the university. A great deal of privilege comes into it. There is a question as to the files and papers to which he has access. The Senate should be really informed. One cannot go to an electoral office and have a look at voting papers. Could any senator get access to those papers?

Senator O'Byrne - He would get returns, but not the papers.

Senator MATTNER - Yes. That is what we want to know. That is where the question of privilege comes in, to my mind. Perhaps the Minister on some other occasion will give us the terms of reference. I should like to be perfectly clear also as to whether this man will be given access to the voting papers in order to scrutinise and collate them.

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